A landmine allegedly planted by Boko Haram, has claimed the lives of five soldiers, while 15 others also sustained different degrees of injury, after the victims ignorantly walked into it.
It was gathered that the deceased soldiers, one of whom belonged to the 117 Battalion, 28 Task Force Brigade, were carrying out an operation in Kwada Kwamtah Yahi village in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State on Thursday, when the incident occurred.
One local Vigilante, Yohanna Bitrus who works with the Military, told newsmen that the troop carrier pick-up drove unto the improvised explosive device (IED) which triggered an explosion that affected the two Toyota Hilux trucks behind also.
“It was a sad encounter for us in Chibok when our escort commander’s car ran over a landmine, and the van was damaged completely.”
“I saw the vehicle being tossed up into the air. We managed and summoned the courage to evacuate the fallen heroes’ corpses, including a lieutenant and four soldiers.”
“Not fewer than 15 others sustained various degrees of injuries; they are currently receiving medical care at 28 Task Force Bridge Clinic in Chibok,” he said.
A land mine is an explosive device concealed under or on the ground and designed to destroy or disable enemy targets, ranging from combatants to vehicles and tanks, as they pass over or near it.